Naini Lake Overview

Ranked 6 of 47 sightseeing in Nainital

Surrounded by seven panoramic hills and situated at an altitude of over 2000 metres, Naini Lake is a favourite destination for many travellers from around the globe. This natural, charming freshwater beauty has been an inspiration for several writers and its extensive exquisiteness has been explained in their poems and writings. During your visit to the lake, the mesmerising emerald view will reveal to you the inspiration that it provides the poets.

Visitors fall prey to the beauty of the surrounding Nainital town, named after the Naini Lake, where you can find wonderful homestays and small eateries to taste the authentic cuisine of the area.

The best way to enjoy the scintillating expanse of this water body is by boat. Pick a pedal boat or a rowboat, or if you are in the mood for a typical Nainital experience, you could board the decorated Gondola boats and glide across the waters. Or you can choose to walk around the lake, breathing in the beauty as well.

Visitors also enjoy walking along the Mall Road, situated in close proximity to the lake, while shopping for handicrafts and other daily necessities. The lake is located in the centre of Nainital and can be easily reached by bus or taxi.

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What travellers are saying about Naini Lake

Experience scale
  • Excellent 12
  • Very Good 3
  • Good 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Average 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
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  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
9:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Om prakash srivastava

Om prakash srivastava5.0/5

1 review

A great trip of Nainital will be unforgettable.

It's real natural beauty. Nainital lake is surrounded by luxury hotels Naini temple library cinema hall adjacent to lake. Kumaon University office and DSB college are just nearby lake. Snow view China peak tiffin top zoo are the other attractions.

Urmila  Rao

Urmila Rao5.0/5

22 reviews

Enjoyable boating

I like the lake, ever since I saw it in movies, so I wanted to do boating with my wife and we did. It is for nearly 45 mins and lovely. The boatman also was good and helped us in sitting in the boat, which is tricky, for newcomers. During that time, scenery is lovely indeed.

Faisal aman

Faisal aman4.6/5

17 reviews

Star attraction for all the visitors

Naini lake the most beautiful thing to visit while you visit to Nainital, must try a tour of Naini lake through the open boats, available at different points on Mall Road.

Rohit Sehrawat

Rohit Sehrawat3.6/5

9 reviews

A nice lake to visit

Last week on 14-04-2016 I visited Nainital with my wife and daughter. Nainital is situated in Himalayan region in Uttarakhand. I like that place because if you want to relax from your busy lifestyle then it's good to visit Nainital. Weather is good if we compare it with Delhi Ncr and it's also only 300 km from Delhi. On of best think I found in Nainital is that Govt took an initiative so that Tourist were not suffered. They made some rules so that no one charge extra money from the tourist. I had done boating also in Naini Lake and there were lots of sights to visit around Nainital. I love the food also and evening walk on Mall Road is awesome. Truly it's a complete weekly holiday.

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Rakshit Bhatt

Rakshit Bhatt4.3/5

2 reviews

Attractive lake

The Naini Lake is very big lake and very attractive. It is a very big lake so it gives wonderful experience of boating. It has very beautiful scene to take pictures.

Ankush Gulati

Ankush Gulati4.3/5

36 reviews

Good view of Lake

You can get an excellent view of Naini Lake from Naini Peak. View of the lake and surroundings is great. But not many people visit it now because of tough climb. Ponies are available. The mountain views are marvellous and amazing.

Suraj Sulya

Suraj Sulya5.0/5

7 reviews

Beautiful lake

Take a bus and get there it will change your past and you can't stop looking at this beautiful lake, clean, soothing and gives peace. Must go place.
  • Beautiful lake

Prajakta baikar

Prajakta baikar5.0/5

7 reviews

Cool lake

Naini lake is very beautiful and cool place in Nainital. It gives wonderful sight of lake surrounded with green mountains. Boating experience in the lake is must to do activity in nanital especially when you are on your honeymoon. Also there is naina devi temple near lake and shopping area to visit.

Amaya Thakur

Amaya Thakur5.0/5

1 review

Beat the heat

Chilled lake water. There is a fee for boat if you wish to ride else you can relish the view of lake free of cost. You can take cameras or handicams along with you. There is no such restrictions. Boats are beautiful and this is the perfect place to get your selfies clicked.

Mani Wadhwa

Mani Wadhwa5.0/5

3 reviews

Relish the view for free cost and enjoy the cool water

Chilled lake water, there is a fee for boat if you wish to ride else you can relish the view of lake free of cost. You can take cameras, handycams along with you and there is no such restrictions. Boats are beautiful and this is the perfect place to get your selfies clicked.

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